Gear Review: Patagonia Black Hole Daypack

September 9, 2013  |  In Gear Reviews   |   Tagged , , ,   |   4 Comments

Daypack
Patagonia Black Hole
$149, 2 lbs. 4 oz.
35L/2,136 c.i.
One size
patagonia.com

If I decide to become a big-city bike messenger when I grow up, this will be the pack I carry. But that’s just a statement about its indestructibility; however, it’s way more versatile than that. I used it for everything from a carry-on when flying and an around-town pack when biking errands, to hauling quickdraws and personal climbing gear for sport climbing at Idaho’s Castle Rocks State Park, and on a five-pitch route on Steinfeld’s Dome in the City of Rocks National Reserve.

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4 Responses to Gear Review: Patagonia Black Hole Daypack

  1. Zardoz   |  September 27, 2013 at 3:08 am

    Yes, it does help.
    I went to a store today and tried the pack out. I don’t think it’s for me. I definitely like the concept, but I feel that it functions better as a commuter than as a techinical backpack.
    Despite my misgivings, I’m sure that it will become a staple for Patagonia. A few tweaks here and there might convince me to by an updated version in the future.

    • michaellanza   |  September 27, 2013 at 5:19 am

      Sounds like a good call. I do think it would be a better technical pack if it was a little more streamlined and had a little more belt to it.

  2. Zardoz   |  September 26, 2013 at 7:33 am

    A couple of questions for you. First, how much weight can the pack comfortably carry? You mentioned the waist belt was thin.
    Some reviews I’ve read on the Patagonia website mentioned problems with the top of the pack staying dry in heavy downpours. Would you rate the pack water resistant or water proof?

    • michaellanza   |  September 26, 2013 at 7:44 am

      Good questions. To clarify what I wrote above, I find it carries at least 15 pounds comfortably enough, though not as comfortably as would a daypack that has a wider or padded hipbelt. That comes down somewhat to personal preference, too. I wrote above that the top lid overhangs the zipper, keeping rain out pretty effectively most of the time, though maybe not in a severe, wind-driven downpour. I think the pack is highly water-resistant and will keep contents dry in all but the hardest rainstorms. Does that help?

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